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The city of Philadelphia may soon be delivering a Christmas present to its workers who are the victims of unequal pay. On Dec. 8, Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed the “wage equity ordinance” (Bill No. 160840, as amended Nov. 22). Mayor Jim Kenney has publicly championed his approval of the ordinance that he will eventually sign into law. Once passed, the bill will amend the Philadelphia Fair Practices ordinance and go into effect within 120 days of ­passage. The bill is being lauded for making it unlawful for an employer or employment agency to ask an applicant about his wage history or require disclosure of such information, including what he earns at his ­current employer.

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